Juventus plan double striker swoop for top Premier League targets

Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City transfer news: Juve want Robert Lewandowski & Fernando Llorente.
By Patrick Surlis October 10, 2012
Juventus are keen to partner Manchester United transfer target Robert Lewandowski with Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool target Fernando Llorente, according to Italian news site Tuttosport.

The Serie ‘A’ champions are reportedly planning a double January swoop for two of Europe’s most talented strikers.

Juventus have been linked with Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie in the past, before the Dutchman moved to Old Trafford, and they are likely to face competition from a number of Premier League clubs for Lewandowski and Llorente this time around.

Robert Lewandowski emerged as a transfer target for Manchester United over the summer, and despite the signing of Robin Van Persie, speculation has mounted that Sir Alex Ferguson could bid for the Polish forward when the transfer window reopens.

Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente has fallen out of favour in northern Spain. The Spanish international’s contract runs out at the end of the season, and Llorente has been linked with a move to Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City.

Chelsea are thought to be considering a striker in January, with Llorente one of several options. The Stamford Bridge side have also been credited with an interest in Atletico Madrid forward Radamel Falcao and Napoli striker Edinson Cavani.

Chelsea only have Fernando Torres and Danny Sturridge available as forward options, and Roberto Di Matteo may opt to dip back into the market in January.

Arsenal and Manchester City have also been linked with Llorente. The World Cup winner would be affordable for Arsenal as his contract runs down, while Manchester City may instead pursue Fiorentina ace Stevan Jovetic.

Liverpool are also believed to be reviewing their striker options, and Llorente was thought to be a potential target for the Reds. With Luis Suarez and Fabio Borini as their only senior forwards, Liverpool could challenge Juventus for Llorente’s signature.